Having a health and fitness MOT is not something many of us think about. When we decide that we want to get a bit fitter and healthier we just tend to buy our training gear, pop on the headphones and away we go. Little do we know that this could be potentially dangerous to us.
There are 2 main reasons to have a health and fitness MOT prior to beginning to take part in exercise/training:
- Ensuring that you are physically ready to undergo the additional stress on the heart, lungs and joints.
- Getting a benchmark of your current health, fitness and body measurements in order to monitor progress.
Ensuring that you are physically ready to undergo the additional stress on the heart, lungs and joints
For someone who hasn’t performed any vigorous exercise in years and who maybe overweight, a sudden jolt of exercise could be potentially life threatening for them. That person may have underlying health conditions that wouldn’t take the additional strain of vigorous exercise. Conditions such as:
- High blood pressure (hypertension). This can lead to Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) and is on the increase in the UK.
- Obesity. This condition is brought on by lack of exercise and poor diet (mainly high carbohydrate intake and lack of quality protein and fat in our diet).
- Diabetes. In many cases diabetes is brought on by the over consumption of carbohydrates, in particular sugary drinks, sweets, processed foods etc. The body isn’t designed to cope with this increase of sugar in the blood and therefore is unable to produce enough insulin to level the blood sugar out.
Getting a benchmark of your current health, fitness and body measurements in order to monitor progress.
For each of my Clients I perform a consultation during the initial session prior to exercising (45-60 minutes health and fitness assessment). During this consultation I perform the following:
Questions & Answers
- Training Goal: Finding out what is your goal, what barriers you have, the importance of it etc.
- Working Life: What kind of work stress do you have, free time etc
- Diet and Nutrition: Your current eating habits, types of foods, quality and amounts etc.
- Exercise: What exercise you currently do and how many times a week etc.
- Blood Pressure: Depending on the readings this could be an early indicator to having high blood pressure in which case I would refer you to your Doctor.
- Weight/Body Fat %: Having these before any exercise begins is a great way of letting the Client see weight loss over the coming weeks.
- Waist, Hips & Arms measurements: Another great way of tracking progress during your time training with me.
- Water %: We all need water but the majority of us don’t drink enough. I can advise you on your current fluid intake.
- BMI: Particularly used for those Clients wishing to lose weight. This reading will place you in the appropriate category.
As mentioned before, all of the above body stats (and more) are performed during your initial training session before any exercise is performed. Then every 4 weeks I will perform the exact same measurements so that we can chart your progress and amend your programme accordingly if required.
This is a great way to keep you motivated and focused towards achieving your goals.